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Gun Smoke Ranch

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· Grant Park, Illinois
7 acres
4 units
4 Motorhome/tent
Beautiful camping spots with fire pit and picnic table. Seasoned Firewood is available for purchase. Three beautiful sites with campfire pits and area for tents. Sites 1&2 overlook a manicured range. Site 3 is nearby. Waivers must be signed to use range, Hipcamp is not liable for range use. Car, suv, truck, trailer and smaller RV parking. 15 minute drive to Cedar Lake, 10 minutes to Badlandz Paintball Field. No electrical hookup, no plumbing. (Yet) Porta potty provided
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Grant Park, Illinois, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by John F.Joined in April 2021
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43 Ratings · 36 reviews
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Glen H.recommends
October 3, 2022
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Loved the place. Great host. Very quiet place, well maintained. Definitely going back
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Marco N.recommends
September 26, 2022
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
We had a great time tent camping here! The campground is pristine and well kept. Porta potty is clean. John is attentitive and communicative and even brought us a BUNCH of wood after we burned through a ton of wood our first night. The campsites are all kind of close to each other but private enough to enjoy. The axe throwing stump was so much fun for our teenage boys. Overall would definitely come back!
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Denise E.recommends
September 7, 2022
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
We booked last minute. John was extremely accommodating and helpful. Very quiet and private. We were the 1st class A to camp out there. It was a tight fit, but we made it. Our friends have never HipCamped, they were amazed. This is a great place. *we camped at site 3 with a 37 ft. class A and a 32 ft class C with so much room for activities, it was crazy! 😁
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Ian M.recommends
July 9, 2022
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
John was great very hospitable and very willing to make our experience special! Thanks again John it was great!
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Ryan D.recommends
July 4, 2022
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
2nd annual trip as great as 1st!!!
This was our groups second time camping at John’s. He’s a great host - always accommodating, polite and available. The range in back is great, grounds are nice, porta-potty on site and great mix of shade and sun. Sites are nice and big. We’ll be back again and again.
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Mark J.recommends
June 27, 2022
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Hidden gem
I don't really want to write this review, but John is such a great host and has a unique campground where you can shoot some guns at his outdoor range. This my second time here at John's property with a group of friends, and once again we had a great time. It is a well cared for property (and a porta potty doesn't hurt either). Even if you have no interest in shooting it is just a nice place to camp and see the stars without having to drive too far from Chicago.
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Heidi H.recommends
June 8, 2022
Site 2 - Gun Smoke Ranch
This was our second time at Gun smoke ranch! John was awesome as usual! Justin was an amazing host! Had some friends come with this time. I am pretty sure they had a good time. Loved the shooting range! Hopefully we will be able to come back next year! Thank you so much John and Justin!!!
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Jeremy W.recommends
May 30, 2022
Site 2 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Awesome hipcamp place!
Awesome place, amazing people. Thanks for the stay and for being an excellent host. I’ll be back!
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Sarah Z.recommends
May 24, 2022
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Very cool spot with a very responsive host. Loved being able to shoot at the range which was within walking distance of our site. 10/10 would camp here again :)
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Doug W.recommends
April 24, 2022
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Superb location; great set up. Range was great and much bigger than expected. Great set up by John with tables and fire pit area. Very very quiet at night and relaxing. Had some car trouble and they helped out as well, really great camp spot and host.
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Jennifer M.recommends
December 28, 2021
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Tent camping on Christmas 🎄
Very quiet and secluded area. The host, John, was great and gave clear directions on the camping sites and use of the range. Justin was a great help with other questions I had and help that I needed. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 days of solitude Christmas weekend and will definitely return.
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Adnan Y.recommends
November 11, 2021
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Great stay
Great place, great people, and great price. Definitely would recommend
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Collin W.recommends
November 4, 2021
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Great Place
Awesome place, we stayed for the night and really enjoyed it. Host brought us eggs in the morning and recommended us to another site on our journey, really cool experience.
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Randy S.recommends
October 25, 2021
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Cozy with sounds of the country
Spacious and cozy campsites nestled under pine trees with plenty of pine needles providing a dry ground. Perfect campsites for getting away and spending a day at the range for some target practice. Loved waking up to the sound of roosters and ducts. JD is a very friendly and gracious host making these campsites a can't go wrong choice!
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Isabella B.recommends
October 17, 2021
Site 2 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Amazing time, fun and relaxing
We had a great time. Location was easy to find. Stars, campfire, picnic table, clean porter potty, friendly host and staff all were included with our visit. 😀We enjoyed the free gun range! This is a great outdoor family oriented camping grounds. Looking forward to our next trip already!
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Maria S.recommends
October 10, 2021
Site 2 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Amazing camping spot away from the city. The host, John, was super friendly and attentive to our needs. We loved the free eggs and fire wood. We are very happy to have found this place! We will be back again!!! :) you guys reading this review- book NOW and don’t miss out !!!
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Brittany A.recommends
September 29, 2021
Site 2 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Right time and Right place
Loved this place!! It was so convenient but didn’t slack in anything. There are activities right on the campsite and the host is very accommodating! This is an annual trip for us and the planning was limited on time! We even got lost trying to get there and the host was very patient about it; even started our initial fire considering we wouldn’t be there until after dark after getting lost. We received free wood during this trip as well as fresh eggs(that tasted awesome!!!) will be returning again! Never thought I could camp so close to city (Chicago)
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Kevin P.recommends
September 25, 2021
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Planning the next trip
This camp site is great! It drizzled from 2200-0300 but with the tree cover the ground remained relatively dry. My son and I were on a blanket roll with two personal rain fly as shelter and we didn’t have to dry anything out except our shelter halves. John is also very accommodating and friendly. Our group was 12 and we had plenty of room to spread out. He came and made sure we didn’t need anything or have any questions. During cleanup the next morning, talk was about when we were coming back. We might have to reserve all three sites next time and it will not be soon enough.
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Heidi H.recommends
September 21, 2021
Site 2 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Awesome weekend!
1st let me start out by saying that John is an awesome host! He had a fire going for us when we arrived and gave us fresh chicken and duck eggs. The wood was a big plus too! The campsite we were on, was very spacious and could accommodate our camper. Plenty of sun and shade. The best thing about his property is the shooting range. We really enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely be back!
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Christian M.recommends
September 20, 2021
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Already looking to book again!
What an amazing first HIPCAMP experience we had! First off mahalo John for the stay! We loved how easy to was to communicate with you, how attentive you were, and of course everything about your property! Great Private location, with lots of area to do whatever you like! We stayed at campsite 1 with a total of 14 people. Lots of shade, big area for tents/Hammocks and vehicles to park. John offered to us fresh eggs, vegetables, firewood, about anything you can think of! So generous. I would definitely recommend to anyone to camp at this great spot. If I were to rate my experience I would give it a 9. They only issue is the noise. I believe the neighbors have a motocross track and keep it going until the early morning. I could see this bring an issue for someone who wants complete disconnect/silence from the world. But for us, we didn’t mind it! And also understood this is most likely something out of Johns control. Thank you again John for the amazing stay
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Sam C.recommends
September 7, 2021
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
The property super clean, John the owner super nice guy makes feel like home. Highly recommended
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Rj M.recommends
September 6, 2021
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
What a gem!!
My group and I stumbled across this spot when a camping music festival we had planned was cancelled, it ended up being the PERFECT weekend! John is the epitome of an excellent host, he was so hospitable and made sure we had everything we needed. We stayed at site 2 and it was beautiful, clean, tucked away and just what we needed - plus more firewood than we could burn. Zero complaints from us, we only wish we lived closer so we could come back all the time! We’ll be talking about this weekend for years to come!
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Chris C.recommends
September 6, 2021
Site 2 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Illinois’ Best Kept Secret
I never thought I would find the perfect campsite just over an hour away from Chicago. Very well kept, and the owner John makes sure everyone has a great time while you’re there- plenty of good firewood (dropped off right at your campsite), nearby bar/ food recommendations, and offers an on-site gun range that campers can use during their stay. Bring your own guns, ammo, and some targets (or use some of John’s pumpkins), and you have a great place to safely enjoy outdoor shooting just steps away from your campsite! You have to see for yourself to understand what makes this place so awesome. Gun Smoke Ranch will be our new go-to for a weekend escape filled with guns and good times.
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Colby T.recommends
August 30, 2021
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Great quiet spot! Awesome spot to camp and shoot at the range.
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Daniel V.recommends
August 2, 2021
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
One of the best places to relax 😎
If you ever want to have one of the best camping experiences, Gun Smoke Ranch is the way to go. Will definitely be back.
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Kristi B.recommends
August 1, 2021
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
The spot was nice, fire pit, chairs, plenty of wood, nice big shaded spot. Campers in the other spot partied til 5 am the first night. Second night a group nearby were racing motorcycles or quads at midnight. Not much sleep but not the host's fault. Port a potty very clean.
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Richard N.recommends
July 20, 2021
Site 3 - Gun Smoke Ranch
I had a very good time here. Great spot!
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Richard N.recommends
July 19, 2021
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Campsites were awesome! Set up is nice for large groups. Hospitality was great. Shooting range and other activities made for lots to do. Would 100% recommend to anyone.
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Rob B.recommends
July 13, 2021
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
The camp site was awesome for hammock or tent camping and there was PLENTY of dry firewood to make a really nice fire! The property was peaceful and immaculate!
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Jasmine Z.recommends
July 7, 2021
Site 4 - Gun Smoke Ranch
Loved it!
We had an amazing stay! The ducks, hens, and roosters were beautiful. The space was large, clean, and comfortable. The gun range was right next to the camping space and John even brought us over some kiddie pools to use in the sun. This was a fun and unique place to camp and our family had a great time.
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